The Numbers: The consumption of so-called Raschel bags, which are not released to the Fund since the beginning of 2018, free of charge, has declined to 2016 to 86 percent. In the last year, about 56 million Sack was consumed. Two years earlier, there were still 418 million.

The 30 companies from the Food retail sector, have joined the “industry agreement to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bags”, a Pat on the shoulder.

“The original reduction target was exceeded significantly,” write the IG, the retail trade and the Swiss Retail Federation, in a joint communication. The consumption of disposable plastic bags should be reduced, by 2025, around 70 to 80 percent.

cotton bag would have to 7100 Times

to be used, However, Raschelsäckli are ecologically not so bad as their reputation. The Danish Ministry of the environment has brought out in 2018 a study. According to this the need to use a normal fabric bag, made of cotton 7100-time, until it burdens the environment less than a Plastiksäckli used after the purchase for a second Time for waste.

British researchers come to a similar conclusion: A jute bag should be used up to 131 Times, so that he achieved the eco-balance of a Plastiksacks. Reason: The cultivation of cotton is very Land and water intensive, also requires pesticides and fertilizer, what is clouding your assessment. The jute holds the bag a long time and can be degraded in nature. (uro)